A cup of fruit salad at Chicking.


Filipino fruit salad sweetens UAE fast food scene


DUBAI – A popular Filipino dessert has sweetly made its way to the UAE fast food market, marking a cultural odyssey of Philippine cuisine in the emirates.

The palate-reviving fruit salad is now served at outlets of homegrown fast food chain Chicking and is one of the best-sellers in a tell-tale sign that Filipino cuisine is starting to go mainstream.

“I think Filipino food is… you know, I’ve been calling it for five years. It’s just going to keep getting more and more popular,” said Andrew Zimmern, a food show host, in a 2017 interview.

The Filipino fruit salad is a unique dish on its own and presents the Philippines’ mix of heritage and culture in one bowl.

The sweet and creamy treat has three key ingredients: fruit cocktail, sweetened condensed milk and cream. More elaborate versions include fresh fruits, palm fruits, coconut gel and cheese to add texture, color and contrast to the mix.

The tropical ingredients provide a beautiful choreography for the palate.

The dessert is popularly served during parties, Christmas and other special occasions and remains a favourite, not only because it looks so festive, but tastes great, too. GAD/Expat Media


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